Gilbert officials envision the Williams Gateway Airport region as a future hub of activity: A college campus of at least 35,000 students. Night life. Industry. Jobs.
Though the airport is in Mesa city limits, Gilbert is a 10 percent owner and borders on its edge. The town is relying on the region to become a major economic core and regional destination.
The future of the Williams Gateway corridor and how to make it prosper will be the focus of the annual meeting of the Gilbert Congress of Neighborhoods on Saturday.
The congress was created as a way to educate the public and help the group play a role in future decisions affecting the town, said co-founder and former Gilbert Mayor Cynthia Dunham.
“One of the things about the congress is that it’s an opportunity for people who are residents who live in neighborhoods to get together with people who either work in or for Gilbert and have a vested interest in Gilbert,” she said. “We learn about issues. It’s also a good opportunity then to provide input back to the town.”
Residents will have a chance to give feedback to officials who play key roles in the development of the Williams Gateway area.
“Williams Gateway is going to be the big economic hub of the southeast Valley,” said Gilbert Mayor Steve Berman, chairman of the Williams Gateway Airport Authority board of directors.
The airport has already been seeing more passenger flights, and a major alcohol distributor is considering locating in the area, which is expected to become a major distribution center, he said. The area is also home to Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus and developments.
Gilbert Town Councilman Larry Morrison, at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, urged the public to attend the congress. The future of the Williams Gateway area is vitally important as the town completes its build out by 2020, he said.
What: Gilbert Congress of Neighborhoods meeting
Issue: ”The Williams Gateway Area and You”
When: 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Where: Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert
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